Love Your Landmarks

Photographs, historic landmarks, a contest, springtime — there is so much to love about the National Historic Landmark Program Photography Contest. How to enter? Check out the rules on the NHL website. In brief: You can enter up to 10 photos per person, but one per landmark. Upload your photos to the Flickr group. And swing by the NHL Facebook page to get more information and news about the sites.  Want to know more about the NHL program? Check out this tutorial.  See last year’s winners; gorgeous!

Why enter? Here are five reasons.

(1) Most of us are snap happy with our digital cameras. Thank goodness for digital, yes? While we may take longer to print our photographs, if we ever do, at least we can experiment with the camera until we take the “perfect” shot. But, with these digital cameras, do you take the time to practice getting a good shot or are we all just clicking away on the cameras? Now is your chance to have a subject, an assignment, a goal and a deadline. Maybe you can learn a few new camera tricks and functions.

(2) Maybe after all that practicing, you’ll win. Then your winning photograph will be featured in the NHL calendar, which you can download for free. Who doesn’t love to win a contest?

(3) Our National Historic Landmarks are the most significant properties in the United States, meaning they are the most significant to our collective heritage, and are important to all of us. Understanding our history is important.

(4) The National Park Service is always in need of support, so get out there and show the federal government and decision makers just how important the NPS and landmarks are to you.

(5) It’s a great reason to get outside in the springtime, alone or with family and friends. You could even take a road trip to 10 NHLs if you’re really in need of an excuse to get away.

There are approximately 2,500 NHLs. Need to find one near you? Check here. Have fun! You have until June 13, 2012.

Thanks to Sabra for sending along the flyer and head’s up about the contest beginning. 

Dwell Magazine: Rethinking Preservation

Dwell Magazine (a contemporary magazine devoted to modern design) currently has a digital issue entitled Rethinking Preservation. Be sure to read page 4, “Preservation Recommended.” Paired with this digital issue is a contest of the same name. Anyone was invited to submit a landmark worthy of preservation. All of the entries are now eligible for popular vote and then a panel of judges will select the top ten. Winners receive $10,000 for their chosen preservation organization and the “architectural do-gooder” receives a wine storage unit from the contest sponsor, Sub-Zero.

With that said, browse through the properties and cast your vote! It’s hard to choose. Just when I thought I could cast my vote, the properties continued to astound me. Such entertainment!

I can’t pick favorites, but here are ten of the many contenders. Keep in mind that the prize of $10,000 will not do much for many of these projects in comparison to the amount of work many need. However, that $10,000 can go a long way in helping a group to get off the ground (especially local community organizations), whether it’s completion of a National Register nomination or a conditions survey or bridging the gap for funds. Many of these projects are submitted by small community groups.  Take the time to read and vote. You’ll learn a lot.

{All images here are from the Dwell contest website. Click each one for the source.}

Grand Army of the Republic Arch in Superior, Wisconsin.

Fort Atkinson Club in Fort Atkinson, WI.

Biff's Coffee Shop in Oakland, CA.

Dallas High School, Dallas, TX.

1933 World's Fair House of Tomorrow.

Open Air Mail - Post Office in St. Petersburg, FL

Wayne Train Station in Wayen, IL.

Chase Stone Barn in Chase, WI.

Belleview Biltmore Hotel in Florida.

Her Majesty on Main Street, Vergennes, VT.

Forest Lodge -- Modern Architecture in Southern Arizona

Amazing, right? And that’s only 10. Check out the entire list.


Now, aside from the contest itself – what do you think of the title, Rethinking Preservation? I’m not sure what I think about it. Initially, the title perplexed me. Are we talking about the term “preservation” or are we talking about the mission of preservation? Or was it something else? Is Dwell reconsidering preservation as a good lifestyle and a good use of buildings? In full disclosure, I am not a regular reader of Dwell, so I do not know the usual topics of conversation.

Based on the digital issue, Dwell seems to be rethinking preservation in terms of bringing historic or old homes back to life, particularly those from the mid 20th century. Score! More people on board with preservation.

Have fun voting and please, share your thoughts.


—– Thank you to Ann Cousins for suggesting this post.

Tennis in New York, Larger-than-life Texas, Roadside Utah, Missouri Preservation & Vermont Outhouses

Happy Monday! Here are some interesting links and stories I came across over the weekend (with a super-long post title to attract your attention).  Enjoy!

A New York Times article on September 11, 2010, featured an article about “Long Past the Last Match Point, Debating What’s Next at Forest Hills.” The gist of it: In Forest Hills Gardens, Queens, NY, the West Side Tennis Club owns the historic West Side Tennis Stadium, constructed in 1923, which was host to the US Open and many significant events in tennis history. A tennis match has not been played at the stadium in years and the wooden benches and concrete structure are suffering from neglect and deterioration. The club, operating at a loss for many years, does not know what to do with the stadium, which is small for today’s standards. Even if money can be raised for restoration, the West Side Tennis Club is in need of a creative solution. Thoughts? {Picture below shows the Tennis Stadium in 1960. Source: the NY Times, September 11, 2010, by Patrick A. Burns. Click photo for original source.}

Need some fun places to visit? Check out 10 Endangered American Tourist Attractions Worth Saving (with pictures!) on the blog, Searching for Authenticity, based on an article in Spring 2010 Society for Commercial Archaeology newsletter (and reproduced on the SCA blog). I want to visit Tex Randall in Canyon, TX.

Tex Randall. Photo source: Click for source.

Check out this awesome blog by Steven Cornell, Utah-rchitecture, dedicated to the past, present, and future architecture of Utah. It began in January 2010 and features only a few posts per month, but all seem well-written, well researched, and very interesting! The most recent post discusses the The Birth of Utah’s Automobile Tourism — lots of motel postcards & images included.

Another blog I just found is by Preservation Research Office, a project based collaborative research organization based in St. Louis, MO.  The blog, Ecology of Absence, seeks to be,

“… a voice for historic preservation and a chronicle of architectural change in the St. Louis region… The major theme of the blog is historic architecture and the primary goal is to build awareness of that architecture and interest in preserving it. The editorial approach is to “strike the roots” and look beyond threatened buildings at the larger forces that create, change and often destroy the built environment of the city. Public policy is a key part of the analysis. Consequently, the blog focuses on changes in the built environment that come about as St. Louis attempts to stem the deindustrialization, depopulation, shrinking public services and loss of architectural fabric that define the modern American urban condition.”

Roadside, real estate, policy – good stuff. Check it out!

And lastly for today, how about designing outhouses? Believe it or not, people think about such things. The book, Outhouses by Famous Architects, proves such a statement (thanks Elyse!)  In Vermont, the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association (VWMA) has invited Vermont architects and woodworkers to participate to design the “Green Mountain Comfort Station,” a wooden structure that will house a composting toilet to be used at outdoor recreation areas and state parks in Vermont {see article here}. The winner will be announced on September 25, 2010. Read more about the contest rules in the Burlington Free Press article from September 12, 2010, “Designers pit themselves against the old, standby trailside outhouse.”

How could you not love Vermont, I ask.

National Historic Landmarks Photography Contest

When you visit a historic site, what do you see? Do you see just the building or do you see the landscape? What speaks to you about a particular site? Do you ever have a shot that shows off your skill and your feelings for the subject in the photograph? Do you ever impress yourself with your photography skills? Now is the time to share those skills?

How? Enter the National Historic Landmarks 2010 Photography Contest. From the website:

The contest name, “Imaging Our National Heritage” encourages people to use their cameras to capture the meaning of the National Historic Landmark in a photo. We hope you’re inspired to visit our nation’s National Historic Landmarks, seek out the stories that have formed our American history, and create your own image to share.

The contest is easy to enter by posting your photographs to Flickr and tagging them appropriately (read: “2010nhlphotocontest“). The photographs must be of National Historic Landmarks, which you can look up in the database.  Find all of the official rules and specifications on the NHL Photo Contest website (download the documents on the left hand side).  The contest ends September 10, 2010 and NPS employees across the country will vote for the winning entries.

Visit the NHLs and capture your feelings! Enter one image per NHL, but you can submit up to 10 images. You could be famous!

See also Sabra’s post about the contest over at My Own Time Machine.

Contest Winner

The adopted flamingo has a name! He will now be referred to as Frederick or more formally, Frederick Law Olmsted. Congratulations to Missy who came up with the name! Your prize: one pound of fresh coffee from Java Bean Plantation, the best coffee shop in Southern Pines.

Photo courtesy of Smithsonian's National Zoological Park

Frederick Law Olmsted, the PiP flamingo. Photo courtesy of Smithsonian's National Zoological Park

Here are the poll results. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Frederick (as in Law Olmsted)
7 32%
5 23%
Mr. Pink
3 14%
Jacob (as in Jane Jacobs)
3 14%
3 14%
Smithy (because he was adopted through the Smithsonian)
1 5%
0 0%
Sunburst 0

Last Day to Vote

Attention: today is the last day to vote for the flamingo’s name! Make sure to vote if you haven’t. It’s a tight race!

Vote to Name the Flamingo

Below are the 8 possible names for the adopted flamingo. Check out the flamingo’s portrait if you prefer to associate a name with a face. Please vote – it just takes one click! The poll will be open until 6pm (EST) Sunday May 17.

*Only one vote per person – repeat voters are blocked by ip address and cookies. If you have problems voting, send me an email. Thanks!

Flamingo Name Contest Update

Due to the large number of suggestions (19) from a small number of people (4), I will choose 2 from each who submitted names and post those for a final vote on Monday May 11 – Friday May 15. With this change, each participant has the same chance of winning as the other three.

Stay tuned!

Win Free Coffee!

Did you miss the post last week? Check out the announcement at the top of the blog homepage.  Preservation in Pink is running a contest to name the adopted flamingo. Hurry up, you can only submit name suggestions until Saturday! Everyone is eligible to participate: readers, contributors, first time visitors.

Contest Rules:

  1. Submit names for the flamingo until Saturday May 9, 2009.
  2. Once all suggestions are in, I’ll post them and hold it to a vote.
  3. You may submit more than one name.
  4. Votes will be in comment form and each voter can only vote once, for one name.
  5. Voting for the name will be May 10-17.
  6. Winner will receive a prize (not flamingo related – more like coffee from my favorite local coffee shop or something like that).
  7. If more than one person suggests the same name, it will credited to the first one who commented or emailed.

The prize (for the person who submitted the name that wins) will be coffee (whole bean or ground) from my favorite coffee shop, Java Bean in Southern Pines. If you don’t like coffee, I’ll make sure that you win tea or chai, something good like that.

Why a contest? Why not? This flamingo needs a name! Why coffee? About 99% of the preservationists I know love coffee. We love local coffee shops for the service and atmosphere.

Meet Pip


Pip was another birthday present this year (yes, I received many flamingo related gifts). Pip is about as cute as flamingo stuffed animals get and he’s happy to be the mascot of Preservation in Pink, blog and newsletter, seeing as even the adopted real flamingo must live at the National Zoo.


Speaking of the adopted flamingo, I would like to announce a contest to name him/her. The “adoption” certificate is really just a thank you,  not for a specific bird, and thus does not have a name. Yet, seeing as how I received a photograph with it, I think this flamingo needs a name.  Start thinking and submitting names.

Contest Rules:

1.       Submit names for the flamingo until Saturday May 9, 2009.

2.       Once all suggestions are in, I’ll post them and hold it to a vote.

3.       You may submit more than one name.

4.       Votes will be in comment form and each voter can only vote once, for one name.

5.       Voting for the name will be May 10-17.

6.       Winner will receive a prize (not flamingo related – more like coffee from my favorite local coffee shop or something like that).

7.    If more than one person suggests the same name, it will credited to the first one who commented or emailed.


Photo courtesy of Smithsonian's National Zoological Park

Photo courtesy of Smithsonian's National Zoological Park